This is a difficult subject to talk about for me, but it’s become very salient in my life recently.
No, not because either of my children are geniuses, nor am I or Naoto.
The concept that advanced children are under-served was surprisingly (to me) one of the major themes of the school district meeting I attended last week.
And now my mom sent me this newsweek article about a mother’s questions regarding inequity between federal funded help for her autistic son and the lack of such funding for her gifted daughter.
This is a difficult subject because it reeks of upper-middle class mainstream elitism.
It’s hard for me to see this issue as anything other than people with plenty whining they don’t have more while people with not enough flounder.
How can I seriously complain to the school board they aren’t challenging my daughter in reading enough (she’s been tested for giftedness, but we don’t have the results yet) when there are many children who don’t have enough food or clothes? When the little girl with the paralyzed tongue in my daughter’s class wouldn’t be able to read or participate in class at all without an instructional assistant?
(although that article did sway me towards the “please challenge my daughter more” camp)
No it’s not fair. That’s not the issue for me. The issue for me is how do we effectively use limited resources? First priorities, first. Food, clothing, parent education first.
I can challenge my daughter. And so she’ll be bored? She can read books under her desk like I did.